• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Rick Famuyiwa
    In Theaters:
    Jul 16, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 18, 2000
  • Paramount Pictures


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The Wood Reviews

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Choppy coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 14, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Artificial, tension-free.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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The Wood is a solid debut for director Famuyiwa.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Inane coming-of-age comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
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A fair and admirable comedy we haven't quite seen before.

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune
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Awkward performances, unsure directing flaw The Wood.

January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The Wood paints a fair picture of growing up black, bright and, of all things, without sullen malice or uncorrectable misogyny.

January 1, 2000
Robert Koehler
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This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Quaint and refreshing!

January 1, 2000
Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
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Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Since positive images of middle-class black friendships and romance remain rare while gangster tales, drugs and gang gunfire dominate the screen, The Wood gets bonus points.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A savvy, good-natured comedy!

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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When will Epps, who was in The Mod Squad, get a picture worthy of his obvious talent?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Rashod D. Ollison
Dallas Morning News
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It's about time someone made a movie with black male characters who are believable and funny without being buffoonish.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
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